2015/2016 Season

#therevolution

by Kristoffer Diaz
directed by Seth Rozin

CAST

Brett Ashley Robinson The Revolution
Mary Tuomanen The Witness
Anita Holland The Muscle
Stephanie N. Walters Aurora
Richard Chan Harvey/Charlie
 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Colin Mcilvaine Set Design
Katherine Fritz Costume Design
Peter Whinnery Lighting Design
Christopher Colucci Sound Design

After an impulsive, social‐media driven, revolution upends inequality in America, two young women try to navigate the unforeseen challenges that come with driving out the “powers‐that‐be”, when they are swiftly thrust into newly-acquired roles as leaders. As they recognize the ability to compel people to adhere to their own brand of social justice they start to investigate just what else it is they can do.

 

Straight White Men

 

by Young Jean Lee
directed by Matt Pfeiffer

CAST

Dan Kern Ed
Tim Dugan Jake
Kevin Meehan Drew
Steven Rishard Matt

PRODUCTION TEAM

Shannon Zura Lighting Design
Samina Vieth Set Design
Alison Roberts Costume Design
Larry D. Fowler, Jr. Sound Design

Every Christmas, Ed and his three sons get together, eat Chinese takeout, and unleash well-worn inside jokes while reminiscing about their unusual childhood. But this holiday season they are forced to consider a pivotal cultural reality underneath their constructed lives. Part deeply comedic social artifact, part emotional time-bomb, all framed in the context of a typical "living room" drama, Lee’s funny and moving play ultimately poses this tantalizing question: What does it mean to do the “right thing” as a straight white man?

 

The Nether

 

by Jennifer Haley
directed by Seth Rozin

CAST

Bi Jean Ngo Morris
Greg Wood Sims
Tim Moyer Doyle
Griffin Stanton-Ameisen Woodnut
Iris Emi Branes-Huff

PRODUCTION TEAM

Janus Stefanowicz Costume Design
Melpomene Katakalos Set Design
Rob Kaplowitz Sound Design
Maria Shaplin Lighting Design

In a dystopian future, a young detective investigates cyber-ethical crimes perpetrated in an addictive virtual universe. When an alluring suspect conjures up the disturbing real-world consequences of depraved online desires, Haley’s thrilling futurist parable incites a relentless search for what is tangible inside the ether of the net. 

2014/2015 Season

 

Caught

A World Premiere

by Christopher Chen
directed by Rick Shiomi

CAST

Ames Adamson Bob
Jessica DalCanton Joyce
Justin Jain Lin Bo
Bi Jean Ngo Wang Min
Christie Parker Curator

PRODUCTION TEAM

Elizabeth Atkinson Sound Design
Rachel Coon Costume Design
Mellie Katakalos Set Design
Bill Ng Visual Designer
Kittson O’Neill Dramaturg
Erin Washburn Assistant Dramaturg
Peter Whinnery Lighting Design

Chinese artist Lin Bo's harrowing tale of imprisonment has the world standing at attention--but when cracks appear in his story and accusations fly, his claims transform into a labyrinthine exploration of truth, art, appropriation, and justice where nothing is what it seems.

Winner: 2015 Independence Foundation Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play

 

The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane

An InterAct World Premiere

by Jen Silverman
directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

CAST

Eric Berryman Marcel
Ross Beschler Gregory
Akeem Davis Sicelo
Lynnette R. Freeman Pretty Mbane
Aimé Donna Kelly Noxolo

PRODUCTION TEAM

Katherine Fritz Costume Design
Carolyn Mraz Set Design
Dan Perelstein Sound Design
Maria Shaplin Lighting Design

In this beautiful and haunting play, South African soccer phenomenon Noxolo has found safety and freedom in England--but when her activist lover Pretty Mbane goes missing during the world Cup, Noxolo’s search brings her face to face with the demons of her past and her country’s blind eye towards violence against women. 

Commissioned by InterAct in 2011
Winner: 2014 Kennedy Center Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting
Winner: 2015 Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award

 

Uncanny Valley

A World Premiere

by Thomas Gibbons
directed by Seth Rozin

CAST

Sally Mercer Claire
Frank X Julian

PRODUCTION TEAM

Christopher Colucci Sound Design
Nick Embree Set Design
Susan Smythe Costume Design
Peter Whinnery Lighting Design

From the ingenious mind behind Permanent Collection comes the story of Julian, the newest advancement in artificial intelligence, and Claire, the woman tasked with teaching him how to be human. 

 

The Three Christs of Manhattan

A World Premiere

Written by Seth Rozin
Directed by Seth Rozin & Kittson O’Neill

CAST

Judith Lightfoot Clarke Three
Akeem Davis Two
Dan Hodge One
Leah Walton Dr. Posner

PRODUCTION TEAM

Katherine Fritz Costume Design
Rob Kaplowitz Sound Design
Colin McIlvaine Set Design
Shannon Zura Lighting Design

In this absurdist comedy of ideas, Dr. Posner, a neurotic, atheist Jewish psychiatrist, is visited by three people claiming to be Jesus Christ, each convinced they need to make their case as the Messiah to save Dr. P's soul--or at least avoid the loony bin.